Hong Kong welcomes Asia’s cyclists

HONG KONG: Three of Hong Kong’s iconic bridges figure in the route of a cycling road race, hosted by the Hong Kong Tourism Board that should draw thousands of cycling enthusiasts from around the world.

Targeting cyclists of all ages, the Hong Kong Cyclothon 2017 is scheduled for 8 October.

The organiser, Hong Kong Tourism Board, is confident the Cyclothon will attract some 5,000 local and international cyclists for a race of speed and endurance on a circular city route passing popular landmarks.

The 50km and 30km rides, in particular, offer an opportunity for riders to pedal through the diverse cityscape, while crossing three of the city’s iconic bridges, including Tsing Ma Bridge and even one of the city’s tunnels, usually reserved for motorised traffic.

It’s a rare opportunity to cycle Hong Kong’s city streets, usually packed with traffic, on a curated traffic-free course monitored and safe for all participants.

The 50-km circuit is a  “must-do” for cycling amateurs and professionals alike, the organiser state in their advance publicity.

Top cyclists from around the world will take part in the first-ever UCI Class 1.1 road race organised in Hong Kong, which is part of the Cylothon events. They will experience the city’s enchanting appeal and enjoy the applause from enthusiastic spectators and visitors.

The event starts in front of Victoria Harbour.

Event details:

Date and Time 8 October 2017 (Sunday), 5:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Venue Tsim Sha Tsui East to Stonecutters Bridge / Ting Kau Bridge, Ma Wan and Eagle’s Nest Tunnel
Main Activities 05:30 – 08:00 50 km Ride
08:15 – 10:00 30 km Ride
13:30 – 14:00 HKSAR 20th Anniversary Trophy
14:10 – 17:00 UCI Asia Tour Class 1.1 Road Race
Vantage Points Both sides of Salisbury Road (near the Tsim Sha Tsui promenade) and Mody Road
Website http://www.discoverhongkong.com/Cyclothon